Jan 15th, 2009
With the developing program that Getty and flickr are building to allow users to sell invited pics on Getty, it seemed importnat to give a heads up to libraries. It likely goes without saying, but if you are a library and you get an invite like this, you’ll likely want to decline the invite for myriad reasons (payment, copyright and privacy issues primarily). This would seem to be ESPECIALLY true if there are patrons in the pics (though they require model releases for individuals in pictures).
I do wonder how common these invites are and if this will become more common in the years to come. You can check out the links for more info, but bear in mind that you participate you will give up copyright control and Getty can sell your (now their) pictures to any company that pays, even if the make a product you wouldn’t endorse. I know that for many that isn’t a factor at all, but for me personally it means I’ll very likely decline the invite. And if these were my library or company pics it would be an instant total no-brainer.